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Anyone use this monitor?

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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824001308

Seems like it would have a pretty good amount of pixels per square inch and most reviews seem to say its a decent monitor..

It would be used for programming, watching movies, video games, and photoshop type stuff (think wacom drawing pad type stuff)

I should warn my girlfriend does have better eyes than I do so she will be pickier.. HOWEVER, we are not looking for a professional level monitor here.. The biggest issue is we want to make sure that "green" on one monitor does come out to be "lime green" on every other monitor..
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post #2 of 5
It's a good monitor.

I can't say I'd recommend any sub $250 for photoshop, but I'm assuming semi-pro use at a minimum with that caveat, if your use is not semi-pro photo and graphics work, you don't need accurately calibrated color, just something reasonable. (I'm an engineer, consulting for a number of industries including video post production, architecture and other industries for which, occasionally, I have to help select pro-grade equipment).

The Samsung is reasonable in that regard, better than most.

I use the 2494 myself, but they all (in this price class) have a similar sense of quality to them. The image is noticeably sharper, with less ghosting, than most of the others I see when I check recent offerings.

You'll be satisfied.

However, I do urge you to purchase locally. If you have a good retailer you can generally get 30 days (some are only 14) return option for any reason (single pixel failure for example, not covered by warranty on any monitor).

Its one of the few devices for which I suggest this preference.
post #3 of 5
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I completely understand the whole 250$ thing.. You want professional equipment you pay professional price..

I don't need the highest caliber monitor or anything.. and odds are if the color is slightly off on this particular monitor.. odds are the color is going to be slightly off on pretty mcuh every other monitor..

Your average user doesn't use a desktop anymore to begin with..much less a monitor more expensive than 200$.. and laptop quality varies just as much..

My biggest issue with buying locally is by the time I pay 9 cents on every dollar... the monitor will probably end up being the same quality at the same price online.. and neweggs 30 day return policy is still better in that regard than office depot's 14 day.. and best buy is the same price as online plus tax..
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post #4 of 5
Ah....9% - some states are much lower so it makes more sense.

Indeed, color is close. The two primary issues with accuracy in this type of LCD are the backlight and the color depth.

These $200 region Samsungs use florescent tube backlight, like most LCD's have for years, which are a little on the red side of white.

LED backlights tend to look "blueish" by comparison, but are actually a little closer to true white.

These panels aren't really capable of 24 bit color, so the light shades (1% off white) tend to look very much the same as full white, and the darker shades ( starting around 10% black or less) begin to look indistinguishable, giving many images a strong "constrasty" look, which many actually like.

Your average LCD TV is about the same in this regard (though the TV might be even worse).

This is generally negligible in casual use. Movies still look quite good, photos and web material is good - just like you're familiar with from laptops.

However, the thing that I notice as I compare, there are several monitors that have color ghosting...the pixels are made up of 3 primaries, and sometimes you see green or blue halos around the edges of a contrast image (like the edge of black letters on white background).

I DON'T see this on any of the Samsungs from 24" down.

I really can't take it when that happens, and it is worse in the larger format monitors (27" for example), unless, of course, you're far away.

22" Is a good size, but I'm 47 - everything has to be farther away now (don't laugh, it will happen to everyone!) - so I prefer the 24"

You'll like the results.
post #5 of 5
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So far it sounds like the monitor is pretty standard... No monitor is perfect and under 200$ odds are it will be sufficient.

Sounds like it works well enough..

As to distance, its all a matter of preference..
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Western Digital Caviar black 750 GB Sony Optiarc 24x Dvd/Cd Rewriteable Win 7 64 bit Samsung 23" SyncMaster 
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